Teaching is an essential part of the fellow’s duties. Fellows are expected to impart basic knowledge on a daily basis to medical student and residents. All members of a health care team learn from one another, and thus a fellow will ultimately teach their supervising faculty as well as other allied health professionals.
While rounding on inpatient services, the fellow’s role will be considered on par with a junior attending. The medical students and residents will present to the fellow and in turn, the fellow will use that opportunity to educate them on proper rounding. In addition, intermittently during the year, depending on the fellow’s schedule and resident or medical student availability, the fellow may give more formal didactic lectures as well. These duties include EEG and EMG/NCS interpretation.
Every effort is made to provide maximal education during formal neurophysiology interpretation with the faculty. There may be opportunities to learn outside of rounds, but not all members of the team will be present due to duty hour regulations, etc. Therefore, team rounds are the “showplace” for teaching, especially teaching at the bedside.
For residents, it is expected that rounds not conflict with educational conferences. At times rounds must be stopped prematurely, or carried on by the attending and fellow without residents so that they may be excused for conference. It is the resident’s responsibility to notify attending physicians that he or she must be excused to attend required conferences. Allied health personnel should be made aware of the conference schedule and asked not to disturb the fellow with pages unless critical for patient care. These principles hold for all fellows and residents on neurology teams, including non-neurology residents.